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Toluene is a common solvent derived from petroleum and used in a variety of applications in the petroleum industry. As a solvent, toluene is used to dissolve and remove organic compounds from crude oil, such as benzene, toluene, and xylene, or BTX. This process is known as BTX extraction and is commonly used in the refining of crude oil. As a gasoline additive, Toluene, which is a high-octane compound, is used as an octane booster in gasoline. This improves the fuel’s performance and reduces emissions. Toluene can also be used as a component in jet fuel to help prevent engine knocking.
Ethanol, or otherwise known as ethyl alcohol, is a clear, colorless liquid that is used in various applications in the petroleum industry. Most commonly, ethanol is used as a fuel additive in gasoline to increase its octane rating and to reduce emissions. It is blended with gasoline in different concentrations, and the resulting blend is known as ethanol fuel. As a solvent, ethyl alcohol is used in the petroleum industry to dissolve and remove impurities from crude oil and other petroleum products. Ethanol is also used as a component in drilling fluids to prevent clay and shale formations from swelling and sticking to the drill bit during drilling operations.